Crime novelist Denise Mina is the author of a trilogy of
novels set in Glasgow: Garnethill (1998), which won the
Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger;
Exile (2000); and Resolution
Sanctum (2002), is the story of a forensic
psychiatrist, convicted of killing a serial killer. The Field of
Blood (2005) is the first in a new series, the second in the
series, The Dead Hour, was published in 2006, and the third, Slip
of the Knife, in 2007.
Denise also writes short stories, one of which, ‘Helena and
the Babies’ from Fresh Blood 3 (1999), won the Crime Writers’
Association Macallan Short Story Dagger. Two short stories and a
play, Hurtle (2003), have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her latest
play is Ida Tamson. Her lastest novel is Still Midnight
We met in Ottawa where Denise was the international guest of
honour at Bloody Words,
Canada’s national mystery conference. Our conversation cuts a
wide swath across the socio-political (alcoholism, the
accurate depiction of mental illness, the courage of the mentally
ill) the psychoanalytic (detective stories as re-enactments of the
primal act) and the technical (cozy endings, realistic puzzles)
Combine the human desire to know (Aristotle) with the joy found in good conversation (Montaigne) and a wish to share the results, and you have the idea behind why I host and produce The Biblio File.
"I want to learn as much as I can about 'the book,' and to communicate what I learn, to those who share my interest. The best way to do this, I figure - in addition to reading a lot - is to question and engage with authors, yes, but also book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents. Bibliophiles. People who, like me, love books."
The results are here for you to listen to.
Feedback or suggestions? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Nigel Beale's website at www.nigelbeale.com
Literary Destination episodes are also posted at www.literarytourist.org